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Fire devastates Rabbi Emeritus Cohn’s dwelling; donations solicited

The home of Temple Sinai’s Rabbi Emeritus Ed Cohn was heavily damaged in a fire at the DeLimon Place condominiums last Saturday, February 2. While Cohn, his wife Andrea and daughters were unharmed, many of their possessions were destroyed or rendered inoperative.

The Cohns were displaced by the fire...
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Kornhauser’s ‘Seeking Asylum’ seems perfectly timed

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

With the issue of immigration dominating the news recently thanks to a record-breaking government shutdown over funding for a border wall, award-winning writer/director Mari Kornhauser’s latest play, “Seeking Asylum,” is perfectly timed.

“Seeking Asylum,” a one-act, two-character stage production, opens this Thursday,...
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Gov. Edwards recounts trade mission to Israel

By NICHOLAS HAMBURGER, Special to the CCJN

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards recounted his recent trade mission to Israel in front of a crowded assembly room at the University of New Orleans on Monday, January 28, elaborating on the economic partnership he hopes his...
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JWV National Commander oversees regional conference

Dr. Barry Schneider, the National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States (JWV), presided over the regional conference in Metairie this past weekend that ran from Fri., January 18 through today, January 21. The winter convention , which he helped initiate with the help of local Ben Katz...
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The Forward’s woes deal the Jewish world a blow to the kishkes

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL

NEW YORK (JTA) — My dad, who grew up in a time and place where his Judaism only marked him as an outsider, never really got my professional fascination with all things Jewish. That all changed when nearly 20 years ago I got a job with the...
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Jewish ensemble member of ‘Les Miz’ enjoying national tour

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

Only a few weeks ago, Gabriel Sidney Brown made the decision to leave the national road company of “Les Miserables” and enjoy some well-earned time for himself. The hard-working member of the ensemble had already logged some 15 months in the cast....
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A day after Pompeo talks up US role in the Middle East, troops start to leave Syria

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a speech Thursday in Cairo, and much of it was about dissing his boss Donald Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, for what Pompeo said was diminishing U.S. influence in the region.

Pompeo’s message was clear: “America,” he said Thursday, “is...
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New Orleans Women’s March canceled; Jewish groups disavow anti-Semitism of leadership

 By  JACKSON RICHMAN AND SEAN SAVAGE with CCJN reports     — The Women’s March New Orleans was canceled just before New Year’s Eve by organizers of the event over allegations of anti-Semitism. In a statement issued yesterday, Thursday, January 3,  by National Organization for Women (NOW) Baton Rouge president Angela Adkins,...
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The top 11 Jewish stories of 2018

By SAM SOKOL

(JTA) — The year 2018 was a hectic and often bewildering one for the global Jewish community. From the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, the past 12 months brought surprises and shocks, and in ways that often divided Jewish opinion. Here are...
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Felicity Jones on playing Ruth Bader Ginsburg before she was the ‘Notorious RBG’

By CURT SCHLEIER

(JTA) — The young attorney seems unsure of herself. As a law professor, she is unaccustomed to appearing in court, so she hesitates at first, unable to begin her summation. But once she gets going, there is no stopping her.

It is the climactic scene of “On...
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